My Recipe for a Healthy, Vibrant, Radiant Appearance

We want the vibrant glow of health in our skin and appearance, right? That beautiful radiance comes from inside – be it your disposition and thoughts, and physical health, together with a relaxed style life. All of these are affected by what we choose to eat. No, this is not another post about a new diet, cleanse or fast. Today, I would like to chat with you about seeing your physical self as the home of your “joie de vivre” spirit, personality, and character.

I would like to encourage you to take care of your bodily home. To nourish it with fresh, colorful nutrients and minerals so that it looks pristine, and functions optimally, in which you can put your very best self forward every single day to your family, friends, colleagues and the world!

Beginning about eight weeks ago, I began to eliminate foods known to be the commonly identified allergens, which can cause us to gain weight. My post “Which Hidden Food Allergies Might be Making You Gain Weight?” identifies food with gluten, dairy, corn, chocolate, tomatoes, eggs, soy, peanuts, beef, processed or cured meats, seafood, citrus, yeast, bell peppers, eggplant, potatoes, sugar, and caffeine as common culprits.

My every-few-day-headaches are gone, I’ve shed 8 pounds, have more energy, clarity of thought and feel much happier. Twenty seven more pounds to go! [Read more…]

Acne Face Mapping

Have you seen this face mapping chart? It is said to be based on alternative medicine, which many estheticians are incorporating into their practices. My question – has anyone used this guide to implement treatments that have given good results?

From getprettywithlaura.com

 

Alternative, Complementary, Naturopathic, Conventional or Integrative Medicine?

Natural MedicineYou’ve seen the commercials about yogurt with added probiotics, maybe drinking a protein shake with added good bacterias and digestive enzymes.  How about that cup of herbal tea or eucalyptus for that cold? Have you browsed the herbal remedy section at your local health food store, looking for something natural to cure what you have? Chances are you might already know what Complementary and Alternative Medicine is all about then!

The National Institutes of Health  defines CAM as:

“a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered to be part of conventional medicine. While scientific evidence exists regarding some CAM therapies, for most there are key questions that are yet to be answered through well-designed scientific studies—questions such as whether these therapies are safe and whether they work for the purposes for which they are used.” [Read more…]

Basal Cell, Squamous Cell Skin Cancer and Melanoma – What’s the Difference?

basal cell carcinomaBasal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. It is slow growing and easily treated with a small percentage spreading internally. It develops on the skin, most commonly the head and neck, growing from the deepest layers of the epidermis, in areas most exposed to the sun.

Squamaous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer.

Squamous cell carcinomas tend to grow and spread more than basal cell cancers. They are more likely to invade fatty tissues just beneath the skin, and are more likely to spread to lymph nodes and/or distant parts of the body, although this is still uncommon.” [Read more…]

Anti-Aging Formula

Dr. David B. SamadiEvery Sunday I wake up early so I don’t miss Sunday House Call on Fox News, where two excellent physicians, Dr. David Samadi, and Dr. Marc Seigel,  share health and wellness tips, discuss medical topics and always provide advice for living a longer, healthier life.

Here is the Samadi Anti-aging formula (for a longer life – taken from his Facebook Page):

If inflammation is the reason why we age, then reducing inflammation should prolong our life. I will stand behind this formula and I promise you it will help you clear all the free radicals: [Read more…]

Go Easy on the Alcohol to Keep Your Skin Looking Beautiful!

Everyone loves to celebrate -from anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, new jobs, new house, and promotions to just making it through another day! When you add alcohol to your celebration, it will show up on your skin the next day. You won’t have that vibrancy or radiating appearance, and you’ll be wearing your sunglasses as much as possible! [Read more…]

HOW to Sleep to Prevent Wrinkles!

Woman sleeping on pillow

No doubt about it, a great night of sleep – and enough of it – is fabulous for wrinkle prevention! In my post “What does Sleep do For Your Skin” is shared that deep sleep helps your body produce more of its own collagen and elastin. What’s the best way to sleep to give yourself the greatest chance of a good night of deep slumber?

When you consider that wrinkles develop from a combination of loss of skin elasticity and repetitive movements, the light bulb goes on! Deep sleep helps with skin elasticity from the inside, and while getting that deep sleep, you lie in bed night after night in a favorite position. [Read more…]

How to Calm Itchy Skin

Itchy skin makes you scratch, and scratch! What is the most common cause of itchy skin and what can you do at home to help soothe it? Here are some tips from the Mayo Clinic:

“Itchy skin that isn’t accompanied by other obvious skin changes, such as a rash, is most often caused by dry skin (xerosis). Dry skin usually results from environmental factors that you can influence. These include hot or cold weather with low humidity levels, long-term use of air conditioning or central heating, and washing or bathing too much.”

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What is the MOHS Procedure for Skin Cancer Removal?

More and more people around me are having surgery to remove suspected skin cancers. In the back of our minds, we knew it was possible, our youth spent in honing a beautiful tan with the help of our trusted baby oil. Now we pay the piper. Weird patches are forming on our faces, bumps and lumps, scales and scabs, all the while we live in fear – could it be…. I hope it’s not….skin cancer?
Girl Suntanning at Bondi by fotoFluke

What can we do? First, we ALL know how to prevent skin cancer, right?  Stay out of the sun during peak hours, wear sunscreen, reapply sunscreen, wear light clothing, hats, stay under an umbrella – you  know the drill. Do you really take all these precautions? OR, do you think, it won’t happen to me?  Are we more concerned about how to get rid of our wrinkles produced from sun damage, than preventing skin cancer? Say it isn’t so – after all we’re not dumb … or vain, right? [Read more…]

Does Your Dermatologist Use a Dermatoscope to Detect Skin Cancers?

Did you know there are new tools for dermatologists to use in detecting skin cancers?

Recent advancements in computer and laser technologies, and polarizing lights aid dermatologists in noninvasive skin examination, providing more accurate information in diagnosing skin cancers. [Read more…]

Are YOU Regularly Checking Your Skin for Skin Cancer?

You are your best look out when it comes to skin cancer detection. By following these simple guidelines, recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology, you will be able to observe any changes in your skin. By noticing changes early, you can catch and treat possible skin cancers early. [Read more…]

Acne – Can Diet Help?

Basic Acne is known to develop when there is an overabundance of sebum (oil) produced in the hair follicle which is plugged with dead skin, forming a blackhead. Add a little bacteria and you have a pustule or pimple. A pustule formed deeper within the follicle is a an acne cyst. [Read more…]

What Does Sleep Do For Your Skin?

Beautiful skin as you age comes from great skin care routines, protection from environmental factors that accelerate skin aging, good nutrition, adequate hydration, and getting plenty of sleep. Wait a minute….. Sleep affects your skin?

Sleeping Baby by And3rei

“Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer agrees. “During hours of sleep, cortisol and insulin production inversely peak so that collagen 1 production is accelerated,” he says. Collagen 1 production firms the epidermal/dermal junction so evaporation is reduced and water retention is maximized, he adds.”

While you sleep, your skin produces more collagen which gives it the support to counteract the forces of gravity. During the night, you may have a radiant heater or air conditioner running, resulting in your skin’s evaporative water loss.  This contributes to dry skin, especially if you don’t use a high quality night cream, or you don’t keep yourself hydrated throughout the day by drinking water.

“As the body settles into the fourth and deepest stage of rest – often called Delta Sleep (which precedes REM, the last stage of sleep) – growth hormones peak and initiate cell and tissue repair. Limited or restless sleep can cut into this crucial restorative process. “Intermittent waking sleep is nowhere near as beneficial to skin health,” Lancer says.”

In order to give your skin the greatest opportunity to repair, rejuvenate, produce collagen and stay hydrated you need a good 6 – 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. There are a few things that can help you get the best night of sleep:

  • Try to go to bed and awaken at the same time each night and morning.
  • Avoid foods and drink that contain stimulating ingredients such as caffeine.
  • Create a comfortable environment in your sleeping area – sheets, blankets, room temperature, low noise, and minimal lighting.
  • Perform activities that promote relaxation several hours before bedtime like reading, a warm bath, a little yoga and meditation are great for creating physical and mental calmness.
  • Thinking positive thoughts and looking forward to something good.

What did I miss????

What do you do to relax before your fall asleep?  Do you have a special routine or something you drink or eat that helps you get a good night’s rest? Leave a comment and share!

May your nights be peaceful and your sleep rejuvenating!

4 Must Do’s for the Youngest You!

RecLittle Nurse by scarlett_ribbonsently, I received another reminder that I am aging – and fast! I don’t feel a bit over 30, but my body is giving out signs all over the place warning “Detour ~ Icy Roads Ahead!” My orthopedist gingerly described the condition of my swollen hand yesterday like this: “When you have “seen a few days”, the veins on the back of your hands are more fragile.” Seen a few days? More fragile veins? I pictured my grandma when she was 97 years old, with bruises all over her arms and hands! No sir, this is not  for me in the prime of my middle aged youth! Ha!

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